It's all about the riffs; pure rhythm and sensitive musicianship can make for interesting and engaging music without the need for catchy melodies and lyrics.
The duo's sound has roots in stoner (Kyuss, Clutch), metal (Mastodon, Melvins) and prog (Lightning Bolt, Oxes) but is a culmination of all 3, plus more rocking out.
The idea for 50ft Panda was to strip back to the basic formula of a rock song: the riff, the beat and that fucking hench grunt of a sound. Tom plays riffs on a low tuned guitar through a massive bass cab and Chris plays drum rhythms that fit them. Call it math, call it prog, call it stoner, they don't care as long as it rocks. Hard.
Formed in late 2006, 50ft Panda have been writing and performing continuously, resulting in a self titled EP, a recent 4 track EP, a track on the BBC Radio Oxford compilation A Quantum of Covers and many noise-drenched gigs in London and Oxford.